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  • Any action whose reasons and explanations can all be contained in a few smooth practical sentences, and which arouses a unanimous chorus of approval from all the family and relations, may well be suspected of not being a living, deep-rooted action at all and scarcely worth pursuing.

  • I don't even / Like you / And / I want / Your / Approval.

  • Praise keeps productivity and quality high. This works especially with those who do routine jobs over a long period of time. We all appreciate recognition. No one can ever get too much approval.

  • One cares so little for the style in which one's praises are written.

    • Edith Wharton,
    • "The Twilight of the God," Collected Stories 1891-1910 ()
  • To see men admitting that you are what you believe yourself to be, is one of the triumphs of existence.

  • How quick come the reasons for approving what we like!

  • Shyness is I-ness. Shyness is really wondering if you have other people's approval.

  • I believe that we, as a nation, have a complex about being being liked and admired that gets in the way of our true functions.

  • I will not ask that you nor you approve. The wild thyme is itself nor asks consent of rose nor reed.

  • Don't look left nor right and never compete. Never. Watching the other guy is what kills all forms of energy.

  • There's a big difference between tolerance and approval, and I have no right to expect or demand the latter from anyone.

  • More than nine tenths of the suffering we endure is because those around us do not show that regard for us which we think they ought to.

  • Never in her life had any object, or friendship, or experience acquired value for her save through the eyes of others.

  • Poor is the man whose pleasures depend on the permission of another.

    • Madonna,
    • in Gillian G. Gaar, She's a Rebel: The History of Women in Rock & Roll ()
  • I looked always outside of myself to see what I could make the world give me instead of looking within myself to see what was there.

  • Material things aside, we need not advice but approval.

    • Coco Chanel,
    • in Marcel Haedrich, Coco Chanel: Her Life, Her Secrets ()
  • She who trims herself to suit everyone will soon whittle herself away.

    • Laura Nyro,
    • in Patti LaBelle and Laura Randolph Lancaster, Patti's Pearls ()
  • You can't do anything worth while till you get over minding what people say.

    • Mother Jones,
    • in Margaret Case Harriman, From Pinafores to Politics ()
  • I let him invent me / in the image of the reflection / in his eyes. I dance, I dance / in an abundance of sudden wings. / ... / When he's not looking at me, / I search for my reflection / on the wall. All I see / is a nail on which a painting hung.